Happy Summer! Fun to see the new picnic tables in use along the trail. A local cycling group was out on the West River Trail recently, enjoying the bench and picnic table under the I-91 bridge. Thanks to Carl Lynde for sharing the photos.
If you’ve been out on the trail lately, you may have noticed some beautiful new handcrafted benches at the I-91 Bridge to Nature viewing platform.
The benches were made by Steve Shriner and Tom Bodett at the HatchSpace. The seat planks are laminated wood, made by Bensonwood (left over from another project), and donated by the HatchSpace. Tom made the bases for each bench and Steve put them together. Steve and Jason Cooper transported them to the trail and installed them on Sunday, March 22. Huge thanks to the HatchSpace, Bensonwood, Tom, Steve, and Jason. The benches are beautiful! Thanks to Alex Wilson for the photos.
We invite all trail users to take a moment to rest and enjoy the scenery from the new benches!
Other improvements along the West River Trail include a bike rack and additional signage.
Please follow safe social distancing recommendations. Enjoy the trail!
A Bridge to Nature
A short walk from the Marina Trailhead on the West River Trail sits one of two riverside viewing platforms. The other is located directly across the river, and can be accessed from Vermont Route 30. The twin platforms are part of the new I-91 bridge, completed in Autumn 2017. A short walk from the bustle of town, directly below a busy highway, the viewing platforms sit close to nature and the flow of the river.
Final Trail Talk I-91 Bridge
The FINAL trail talk will be held September 12, 2017. Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail (Marina) trailhead at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m.
For more information, please contact Bonnie Clark, Public Relations Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org. PCL Civil Constructors, Inc., 41 Spring Tree Road, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301. Phone 802-251-0709 .
August 5th Trail Talk Cancelled
The AUGUST 5, 2017 TRAIL TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Thank you for your continued understanding. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. For More Information please contact Bonnie Clark, Public Relations Officer, at email@example.com.
I-91 Bridge Trail Talk July 1st
The next Trail Talk will be held July 1st. Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail Marina trailhead at 9 am and the talk will begin at 9:15 am. If you would like additional information, please contact Bonnie Clark, Public Relations Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brattleboro I-91 Bridge Walk: A Bridge to Nature
On the afternoon of Saturday, March 4, 2017, hundreds of visitors, young and old, braved freezing temperatures to walk across a major interstate highway, before it opened to traffic. Visitors rode bright yellow school busses from the Brattleboro Union High School and were met at the south approach of the new Vermont I-91 Brattleboro bridge by representatives from the design-build team. After walking across the bridge, the buses drove visitors back to the high school. It was a wonderful opportunity to walk high above the West River Trail and the West River Valley, on a stretch of roadway, soon to be dominated by motor vehicles traveling at high speeds.
The design-build team of PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. and Figg Bridge Engineers, Inc. in conjunction with the Town of Brattleboro, invited the public to participate in the walk across the 1,036-foot, three-span segmental I-91 Brattleboro Bridge. During the walk, the community had a chance to take pictures, take in the view and ask questions about the bridge design and construction.
Scaffold Protection System Erected on the West River Trail
Trail news from the Brattleboro Reformer on July 7th, 2016.
A scaffold protection system is being erected on the West River Trail at the bridge intersection to protect trail users from debris and dropped items from the segmental work overhead. Please use caution while passing through the scaffolding. The system restricts the overhead clearance to eight feet. Along the trail there are intersections between construction access and the trail path, and users should exercise extreme caution at these intersections. As an additional safety precaution, users of the West River Trail are reminded to keep pets on a leash in this area.
The next trail talk will be held July 9. Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG Team at the West River Trail trailhead at 8 a.m. and the talk will begin at 8:15 a.m.
Full article available at http://www.reformer.com/latestnews/ci_30101899/brattleboro-interstate-91-west-river-bridge-update.
Photo is of the Interstate 91 West River Bridge project as seen from the air in March 2016. (Kristopher Radder — Brattleboro Reformer)
January Trail Talk
Interested in leaning more about the I-91 bridge spanning the West River in Brattleboro?
Come to a Trail Talk sponsored by the PCL+FIGG Team. Meet up at the West River Trail Marina Trailhead at 8 am on Saturday, January 9, 2016. Participants will walk the trail to the I-91 bridge site, the talk will begin at 8:15 am.
The bridge project website features up-to-date information about the project, construction photos, and live traffic cameras. If you would like additional information, or would like to be added to the email distribution list for all project updates, please contact Cindy Cook, Public Relations Officer, Adamant Accord, Inc. email@example.com.
November Trail Talk
The lower section of the West River Trail is open at the bridge construction zone in Brattleboro. When using the trail, please take care at the intersections between construction access and the trail path. As an additional safety precaution, please keep pets on a leash.
Monthly trail talks sponsored by the PCL+FIGG construction team share behind-the-scenes activity on the I-91 Brattleboro Bridge Project. Trail Talks are scheduled for this Saturday, November 14th and for Saturday, December 12th. Interested participants should meet the PCL+FIGG team at the West River Trail Marina Trailhead at 8:15 am to walk to the I-91 bridge site.
The project’s website features up-to-date information about the project, construction photos, and live traffic cameras. If you would like additional information, or would like to be added to the email distribution list for all project updates, please contact Cindy Cook, Public Relations Officer, Adamant Accord, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.